FanPost Friday: 13 games left to check vibe

Hello and welcome back to FanPost Friday. I had to skip a few weeks to schedule other sites and also due to my own lack of bandwidth due to a recent job change (good one!), but here we are again with less than two weeks left in the regular season.

Before we get into the VIBE CHECK, I want to sincerely thank everyone who attended the First Annual Tim Cantu MemoriaLL SoftbaLL Game a few weeks ago, as well as everyone who came out to last Saturday’s gathering at the Growler Guys in Lake City. Both were super fun events and it was so good to see new and familiar faces after not really seeing many people outside of my small circle for the past couple of years. So thank you all for making both events such a fulfilling, welcoming and happy time. No thanks, ever, to the Angels.

At this point, we’ll be back at the Growler Guys this Saturday, September 24th, as the Mariners are still on the road. Kelly at GG and the Mariners Bar League folks were super welcoming and made the place a very pro-Mariners fan place, which isn’t always the case in area bars, so we at LL really appreciate that. So come on out, have a few beers, a big soft pretzel, maybe some hot dog specials and cheer on the Mariners with some new and old friends.

Ok, on with checking the vibe. Sheesh, it’s been a tough last seven games. After thrilling series against the Braves and Padres, the Mariners should be ready to gently but firmly drag the disgraced, relegated, absolutely poor Anaheim Angels and Oakland A’s into the dustbin where they belong. But in tried-and-true AL West fashion, both teams took it upon themselves to be the miserable bowl in the Mariners’ bowl that they so often are. Winning a total of two games in both series and struggling to put together runs and cluster hits certainly wasn’t the plan Scott Servais and crew had in mind.

I’m NOT having fun
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So what’s going on? Well, players are rarely 100% healthy at any given moment in a baseball season, but that’s especially true down the stretch. And it’s just rotten luck that almost all of the team’s first-order batsmen are “hurt, but not hurt.” Except for Eugene, who is currently missing the tip of his finger. It’s a bad scene.

Julio Rodríguez removing himself from the game yesterday in the middle of the inning was obviously scary for all of us and now we wait and prepare for what’s next.

The 2022 Mariners have more MLB-ready depth than any Mariners team in recent memory, but even with some decent bench players it will be nearly impossible to fill the voids left by injuries to Julio and Eugenio, Mitch’s also weak backfield Haniger and Ty France. continuing to fall. The unproven upside? Well, Jarred Kelenic is here and he played yesterday with a chip on his shoulder the size of a Washington State Ferry. So, maybe this will continue?

Obviously, I’m worried. Not so much about clinching a Wild Card spot, but more about being able to win a single playoff game, let alone a series. Anything can happen though and I’m trying to stay focused on the fact that there hasn’t been a playoff spot in 20 seasons here and this city and the entire region is ready to ride or die for these Mariners and I can’t wait for you to experience it with you.

Here’s the latest playoff-related VIBE CHECK, from July 29:

Pretty overwhelmingly positive! Let’s see how you feel now with this 13 GAMES LEFT VIBE CHECK:

Voting

Do you think the Mariners will end their playoff drought this season?

  • 11%

    You gotta love these guys.

    (13 votes)


111 votes in total

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Voting

What are your expectations for Jarred Kelenic the rest of 2022?

  • 35%

    He goes full savior-mode, absolutely pulps and makes all the doubters feel like fools

    (41 votes)

  • 61%

    Contributes some clutch hits, but still struggles a lot with hits

    (71 votes)

  • 1%

    Breaks 10 bats and fights a teammate (and obviously wins)

    (2 votes)

  • 1%

    His production is terrible and he is traded in the offseason

    (2 votes)


116 votes in total

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Voting

If Julio’s back injury is significant…

  • 35%

    The team is dead in the water, playoffs or not

    (40 votes)

  • 16%

    It will be ok

    (19 votes)

  • 48%

    Why do you say such a thing???

    (55 votes)


114 votes in total

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MLB: Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners

very common 🙁
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Voting

What happened to All-Star Ty France?

  • 4%

    He is very hurt

    (5 votes)

  • 70%

    He’s kind of hurt and just falls

    (76 votes)

  • 21%

    It will be fine

    (23 votes)

  • 3%

    HOW DARE YOU!!!

    (4 votes)


108 votes in total

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Voting

What the hell happened to Jesse Winker?

  • 10%

    The dead ball got them

    (11 votes)

  • 4%

    Age cliff got them

    (5 votes)

  • 25%

    How did his swing ever work in the first place?

    (27 votes)

  • 48%

    The world may never know.

    (51 votes)


106 votes in total

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MLB: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

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Voting

The most surprising Mariners player this season? (on a good road)

  • 1%

    Else, put your answer in the comments!

    (2 votes)


107 votes in total

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Okay, that’s it for this week! Let’s hope for a solid performance against the Royals this weekend and a continued strong push to lock down a Wild Card spot. Once again, folks, remember this is rarified air we’re in here. Try to inhale them all as much as we can, and just remember to breathe in general. I hear it’s good for you.

Stay safe and go Mariners.

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